When the butterfly emerges from the cocoon, it transforms itself. Having a positive impact on the artists we work with and audiences who watch us in end is our goal.
Cindy Heen currently is adjunct faculty of dance at the University of Central Florida, teaching for Orlando Ballets enrichment program, and teaching/choreographing competitively and recreationally throughout Florida and California with various schools/studios. Ms. Heen graduated from Mills College in Oakland, CA with her MFA in Dance and Choreography in 2018. Some of her recent performances in California have been with Santa Clara Ballet for their Nutcracker, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble A Soldier’s Tale, and Berkeley Ballet Theatre’s Collage. She is artistic director of her own professional dance company, Emergence Dance, presenting choreography at various festivals across the US. She also choreographs for the UCF dance concert, as well the upcoming production of Interstellar Cinderella with the Shakespeare Theatre. Dancing professionally, choreographing, teaching, and being an advocate for the arts is what Cindy has dedicated her life to.
Kayla Reyburn started dancing in Lake Worth, Florida at the age of 3. She grew up training in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, acrobatics, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop before moving to Orlando in 2015. In 2019, Kayla earned her degree in Integrated Business and a minor in Dance at the University of Central Florida. She has danced in UCF’s Annual Dance Concerts, UCF Celebrates The Arts, The Purpose Project video Ghosts That We Knew, and has competed with FLe8 at World of Dance Orlando. She also enjoys choreographing for her sorority to compete in philanthropy dance competitions at UCF. Since moving to Orlando, Kayla has been given many opportunities to perform, create, and teach throughout the community.
Catherine Linder began dancing in Kissimmee, Florida at the age of 11. Throughout the years she trained in ballet, jazz, musical theater, contemporary, and hip hop. Beyond dancing, she has a strong passion for serving her community through arts education. In 2015 she began her own after school arts program, HeARTS Heal, which focused on stimulating student's imaginations to raise awareness on global issues through art and dance. Additionally, she enjoys choreographing for Next Level Dance Studio, and loves the opportunity to connect with students at all levels in the dance world.
Samantha Wong is a UCF senior, graduating in May. She has been dancing since she was 8 years old and trained in many different styles. Since coming to UCF she has had many different opportunities to dance her at UCF. She danced with Knights and Damsels Dance Company her first two years here, and then also was a company member on Rukus Entertainment dance team. Samantha is also a dance minor at UCF and has been a dancer in the annual UCF Dance Concert every year and also choreographed for the show in 2019. Samantha recently spent this past summer in New York, in Alvin Ailey’s summer intensive program, where she studied ballet, Horton and Graham modern styles, Jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre. After graduation, Samantha plans to return to Alvin Ailey for the Independent study program to continue her education in modern dance. Her hopes are to apprentice with their company while up there.
Rebecca Englehart has been dancing since age three, and is classically trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, acrobatics, lyrical, tap, and modern. She has participated in summer intensive programs such as the Kirov Academy of Ballet and the Next Generation Ballet, as well as Surfscape Dance Theatre and the ENC National Circus School in Montreal. In 2013, she began training in aerial arts as well as dance. She has performed in the Central Florida area in the annual UCF Dance Concerts and UCF Celebrates the Arts performances, as well as performed in shows with Modern Theatricals and Team Carnie Productions. Rebecca is currently a dance minor at the University of Central Florida, and performs dance, aerial arts and contortion professionally in the Orlando area.
Hi, my name is Cassidy Karins! I’m currently a sophomore at UCF studying for my entertainment management major and my dance minor. I was born in Florida and was raised in Hawaii. I started dancing when I was 12 and have trained in many styles since then. I started my competition training in 10th grade and have had a passion to pursue dance ever since.
Ethan started dancing as part of his high school’s winterguard program in 2015. He would perform on the junior varsity team that year and then go on to perform with the varsity team the next year which placed 11th in the national championship competition. After high school, Ethan attended the University of Central Florida and performed with the Marching Knights as part of the Starlet Knights Colorguard. He also would join UCF Pegasus world class winterguard where he had a soloist position in the show that placed 11th in national championships out of almost 30 teams. In 2017, Ethan began taking dance classes at UCF and in spring of 2018, he auditioned for and made the dance minor program. Ethan teaches color guard in several high school programs around Orlando and now dances with Emergence Dance Company with Cindy Heen.
Katarina Yuhas started dancing in West Palm Beach at age 8. She has trained in ballet, contemporary ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, contemporary jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. She moved to Orlando in 2018 and is working on her degree in Health Science, along with a minor in dance. She currently works for O2B Kids as a program calendar teacher there, teaching a variety of dance styles along with other subjects and works with their competitive company, Fusion. She also volunteers at the University of Performing Arts Center during their production of the Nutcracker.
My name is Jensen Embrey! I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah! I grew up dancing at studios and on the Pre- professional Company Odyssey 2. I went to a couple years of college in Laie, Hawaii at Brigham Young University Hawaii. I met my favorite person and Husband there and soon after, he followed me to Florida where I came to pursue my dream of dancing for Disney! At the moment I am just finishing my degree online and dance training where I can, in hopes that things will begin to return to normal soon and I can start auditioning again!